WWE has seen a massive decline in television ratings this year, and it's prompted chairman Vince McMahon to make plenty of changes to his product.
McMahon recently introduced the "wild card" rule, which allows four superstars from the SmackDown roster to appear on Monday Night Raw each week, and vice versa. But fans and pundits haven't been very fond of the rule - especially since no great matches or feuds have come out of it.
Well, it seems like McMahon and WWE officials have acknowledged their mistake - and that they'll be getting rid of it in short time.
According to Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda.com, some WWE superstars have been informed that the wild card rule is going to be "wrapping up" following the Aug. 11 SummerSlam pay-per-view.
Colohue also mentioned there are many rumors about USA Network and Fox wanting "a clear brand split." Ditto for Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff - who were recently hired as the new Executive Directors of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively.
This will obviously please a large portion of the WWE Universe plus superstars. The wild card rule takes away the point of the brand split, and WWE wasn't introducing any special feuds or segments with the wild card rule. Now, Heyman, Bischoff and members of the creative team can focus entirely on just doing running the two shows with their own superstars.
Heyman has already brought many changes to Monday Night Raw, giving bigger pushes to the likes of Mike and Maria Kanellis and Drake Maverick - while bringing back some elements of the Attitude Era. Bischoff hasn't fully assumed his new role yet, but once he does, know he'll bring tremendous changes to the SmackDown product.
What This Means
The wild card rule was a terrible idea to begin with, and we should credit Vince and WWE officials for realizing this mistake. In the past, WWE has refused to acknowledge when a storyline or segment was stale - and they kept trying to force it on the fans. But it didn't take them long to understand that the wild card rule was a mistake, and it's fortunately about to end once and for all.